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Stanley Hand Tools

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Stanley Hand Tools

Stanley Hand Tools
Product type Hand tools
Owner Stanley Black & Decker
Country USA
Introduced 1857
Previous owners The Stanley Works

Stanley Hand Tools is a brand of hand tools. It is a division of Stanley Black & Decker, following the 2010 merger of The Stanley Works with Black & Decker.[1]


The Stanley Works was founded by Federick T. Stanley in 1843, originally a bolt and door hardware manufacturing company located in New Britain, Connecticut.

The Stanley Rule and Level Company was founded in 1857 by Henry Stanley in New Britain, Connecticut. In 1920, this company merged with the separate but related Stanley Works, founded by Henry Stanley's cousin Frederick Trent Stanley, and continued operating as its hand tools division.[2]


Early retractable knife shown open

Stanley is a well-known brand of tools and has produced millions of hand planes, saws, rulers, try squares, chisels, screwdrivers, and many other types of tools for consumer and for industrial use. Their innovations include the Bailey plane, the Surform shaper, the PowerLock tape measure, the utility knife (called the "Stanley knife" in British English), and an unusual multitool known as the Stanley #1 Odd Jobs.



  1. ^ "Stanley and Black & Decker Complete Merger" (Press release).  
  2. ^ Stanley Hand Tools. "History". Retrieved 2010-03-19. 

External links

  • Stanley Hand Tools website (US)
  • Stanley Hand Tools website (UK)
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